Great Venetians: Pietro Bembo

When the Italian people got together to choose which of the many varieties of the language to adopt as the common and literary language, it boiled down to two: Tuscan and Venetian.

Venetian word of the day: Ciò

Ciò is one of the most famous words in Venetian. In standard Italian the word ciò is a kind of relative pronoun, meaning. But in Venetian, the meaning is very different. You hear it everywhere, and it's often overused by zealous movie scriptwriters wanting to make their characters sound Venetian (such as in the wonderful film Pane e Tulipani where most of the Venetian heard is spoken by an actress from Turin).

Venetian maxims: Chi no ga testa ga gambe

Venetians are famous in the rest of Italy for their maxims which often give a flavour of what it's like to live in the city. Discover what this maxim tells you about living in the city and particularly about the bridges and stairs which are a feature of every Venetian's day.